31st Field Regiment Royal Artillery; 1936-1946; army unit; Norfolk

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31st Field Regiment Royal Artillery; 1936-1946; army unit; Norfolk

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The 31st Field Brigade Royal Artillery was raised in Norwich in 1936. Sent to Egypt, the Brigade became the 31st Field Regiment Royal Artillery in 1938, forming part of the 4th Indian Division. After the outbreak of the Second World War, the Regiment saw action in Egypt and Eritrea. In 1941, it fought in the desert war in Libya and was nearly destroyed at Alem Hamza. Re-built in Cyprus during 1942, the Regiment went on to fight in Tunisia and Italy 1943-1944 and was sent to Greece at the end of 1944, to help maintain peace between the monarchists and communists. The Regiment was dispersed in 1946, but a descendant of one of its batteries, 42 Light Air Defence Battery RA, is still in existence today. Some years after the war, the title 'Alem Hamza' was awarded to this battery, in honour of the gallant stand made by the Regiment in 1941.



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Created on: 21/05/2002 by Drojr




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